Northeast Wake Community Day
Northeast Wake Community Day is an annual back to school celebration. During this free event the chapter provides food, backpacks and school supplies to students in need. Families are also provided information on a variety of topics including bullying. In 2017, Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter gave away over 150 backpacks filled with supplies.
When you think of Jabberwock or Jabberwocky your mind immediately travels to the children’s fairy tales “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. Both books were written by famed author Lewis Carroll. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member, Marian G. Conover Hope of the Iota Chapter in Boston, Massachusetts recalled mythical creatures gathering together to present a gala pageant and in 1925 she conceptualized the concept as a musical variety show that consisted of skits and dances and called it The Jabberwock, which was copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This major fundraising event has since evolved over the past 94 years into a more diverse program that continues to raise funds for scholarships and other sorority sponsored public service projects. It represents a scholarship pageant of elegance and entertainment that showcases the gifts and talents of the young women while advancing the goals and objectives of the sorority’s scholarship program.
The program includes Miss Jabberwock contestants who are Junior and Senior High School students and younger girls in third through fifth grades in the Little Miss Jabberwock component. All of the participating young ladies are provided with opportunities for cultural, educational, and social growth. All awards are presented at the Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant scheduled for spring 2020.
KWF Alumnae’s Jabberwock program spans over a period of eight months. It’s comparable to a rites of passage experience, culminated and highlighted at a pageant showcasing talent and sophisticated elegance. These activities are designed to minimize the challenges encountered with the transitions of young adulthood, while promoting harmonious relationships among the participants and their families, friends, and the community-at-large. The ultimate goal rests with assisting young women of color in becoming productive and contributing future leaders in their communities and beyond.
For more information about the Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant and planning initiatives or to donate toward the scholarship, please contact the program Chairperson, April Gerst.
Donice M. Harbor Public Service Leadership Academy
Fierceness of the black woman’s political power was exemplified in Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor black woman with a sixth-grade education who spent much of her life working in the cotton fields. Her legacy demonstrates that each of us has an important voice and role to play in our democracy, and as we launch our inaugural initiative, The Donice M Harbor Public Service Leadership Academy (DHLA), named after our beautiful and passionate chapter Soror, Donice M. Harbor who fought valiantly for political inclusion, let us remember the real power black women have in blazing the path toward true political equity and leadership.
The DHLA’s goal is to harness our turnout power into seats at the table. Soror and Activist Hamer showed up at the 1964 Democratic National Convention as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, intent on securing voting rights for black people. Her formidable presence and insistence that she, too, deserved a seat at the decision-makers’ table rattled the likes of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Hubert Humphrey and threatened their bid to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidential ticket.
Black women continue to experience significant inequities in public education, health outcomes and economic opportunities that hurt not only them, but also their families and communities. Research shows that employers paid black women just 64 cents for every dollar they paid white men. Black women lost more jobs than their male counterparts during the recent recession, and they are significantly more likely than white women to go without health insurance. Lack of health insurance is a primary barrier to receiving lifesaving health care. These facts alone demonstrate the ongoing need of DHLA. Even if you are not interested in running for public office, we encourage you to apply!